Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Renal Calculus Lithotripsy

Very large kidney stones that form in the kidney may require treatment with lithotripsy, during which high frequency sound waves are directed at the kidney. The sound waves break the stones into smaller pieces, so that they can pass through the urinary tract on their own.

In some cases, cystoscopy may be required to remove stone fragments from the bladder.

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Last Updated: May 22, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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